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WVU launches new online Occupational Safety and Health Ph.D. program


Applications are currently open for individuals seeking a doctorate in Occupational Safety and Health from the Department of Industrial Management and Systems Engineering in West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

Story by Brittany Furbee, Communications Specialist
Photos by Paige Nesbit, Director of Marketing


The online Occupational Safety and Health Ph.D. program is designed for students and professionals who aspire to advance their knowledge, research potential and overall expertise to be able to tackle research and development opportunities in academia, consulting or high-level industry positions.

The program will equip students with the skills necessary to tackle complex occupational safety and health challenges by seamlessly integrating structured coursework with applied research. The research opportunities will involve web-based research in UX/UI, human behavior or decision making and a hybrid experimental approach with optional on-campus sessions, where students can visit the WVU campus to conduct lab-related research and industry led research projects.

“With the extensive research expertise of IMSE faculty members in the areas of occupational safety and health, we are excited and well-positioned to offer this online doctorate program,” said Ashish Nimbarte, chairperson, professor and graduate program coordinator of IMSE. “The program is meticulously designed to offer a self-paced learning structure that caters to the varying needs of full-time students and/or working professionals.”

The program's industry-focused curriculum addresses the growing demand for doctoral-level expertise in high-risk sectors such as healthcare, fire safety, construction and more. Graduates of the program will help employers adhere to safety and health regulations, and design and implement programs to prevent disease, injury or environmental damage.

The online program is conducted asynchronously for individuals with full-time schedules looking to advance professionally. Those who are interested in the program are encouraged to request more information or apply online. Classes begin on August 16, 2023.

Learn more about the Occupational Safety and Health Ph.D. program at WVU online



Contact: Paige Nesbit
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
304.293.4135, Paige Nesbit

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